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LED lighting saves energy in greenhouse horticulture

November 22, 2014

The Dutch are global leaders in greenhouse horticulture, so it makes sense that Leo Marcelis, professor in horticulture and product physiology at Wageningen University in The Netherlands is advocating the introduction of LED lighting in an effort to reduce energy consumption in the greenhouse horticulture sector. – See more at:

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Profiling Australian fisheries and aquaculture production

November 21, 2014

Australian aquaculture production continues to make a significant contribution to Australia’s seafood production, accounting for 43% of the $2.4 billion gross value of total fisheries production in 2012-13. Tasmania continues to account for the largest proportion of the total value of production, at 29%, followed by South Australia, 19%, and Western Australia, 18%. These are just some of the latest details available in today’s release of Australian fisheries and aquaculture statistics 2013, by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). Read More »

Good news for Australian agriculture in China

November 18, 2014

Australian Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, said the announcement of a free trade agreement between Australia and China was an historic step in advancing the opportunities for Australia’s agriculture, food, fisheries and forestry sectors. Read More »

Researchers uncover tomato’s genetic history

November 13, 2014

Two years after the sequencing of the genome of one variety of tomato, scientists have sequenced the genomes of 360 tomato varieties. By analysing the relationships among these genomes, Sanwen Huang of the Institute of Vegetables and Flowers at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and his colleagues have reconstructed the genetic history of the tomato, from its origins as a pea-sized wild plant growing in South America’s Andes region to the many varieties found worldwide today. The research appears in Nature.Read more at:

Fish Feed From Vegetable Waste

November 12, 2014
Adult Black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens).

Australian consumers love fish and seafood with consumption doubling over the last 10 years, and expected to continue to grow. However, most aquaculture species are fed, at least in part, on fishmeal made from wild caught fish, which is not only unsustainable, but also a major factor limiting increased production. Meal made from insect larvae has been proposed as an alternative. Insects are high in protein and fat, can be reared on waste products and are part of the natural diet of some farmed fish species. This article reviews an Australian study that examines the potential use of vegetable wastes to grow insect larvae, which can then be used in aquaculture and aquaponic feeds. By STEVEN CARRUTHERS Read More »

Scientists reveal secrets of insect evolution

November 10, 2014

Using genetic analysis, scientists have been able to conclusively establish that insects originated about 480 million years ago, and that they developed the ability to fly some 80 million years later. Read More »

The Promise of Aquaponics

November 3, 2014
Steven Carruthers

This issue has a strong focus on aquaponics, and points to the future of food production systems at a practical level to feed a growing population. However, commercial aquaponics has a long way to go before devotees can earnestly claim it is a sustainable food production system. Read More »